Unit 5 Assignment – 19th century Japan

Answer the following questions in a short paragraph each:

  1.  What did America want from Japan during the 19th century beside trade? (At least two other things).
  •  Read about the two treaties: Treaty of Amity and Friendship (also called the Treaty of Kanagawa of 1854), and the subsequent Treaty of Amity and Commerce (also called the Harris Treaty of 1858).

Question:  What were the internal political shift of power that occurred in Japan as a result of the signing of these treaties?  In other words, what happened to the Tokugawa shogunate and the emperor? 

  • What was the main goal of the Iwakura mission of 1871?   Who were included in the mission?  What countries did they visit?
  • What do you think about this period in Japan’s history?

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